“Sacrifice might be demanded of the individual, but never compromise: for though only the society could give security and stability, only the individual, the person, had the power of moral choice—the power of change, the essential function of life” (Ursula K. Le Guin). Preservation of individual freedoms and choice is paramount to preserve what makes humanity unique: the ability to choose one's own actions. Utopian societies often attempt the impossible: to create a perfect life for all of its inhabitants. Their attempt comes from the elimination of choice, such as the Alliance’s actions on Miranda in Serenity and in Lois Lowry’s The Giver, where society has adopted a Sameness model. In both of these contemporary examples, the elimination of choice allowed for a utopian society to flourish, yet soon they showed their true colors: dystopia.
Lowry shows the danger in having no freedom when Jonas learns that the people don’t think for themselves and have their life planned out for them. This relates to how we have the NSA today. They are often looking at our personal information and often don’t tell us what other things they are up too. To start off, Lowry show how choices are very important in the scenes where Jonas’s dad releases the baby twin. In this community the people don’t have a mind of their own, which means they have no choices so that it is safer.
We cannot rid the world of bad people so those destined to be guardians never come in contact with them. People are imperfect and will always do something that may not be justified or pleasant. Preventing the guardians from never meeting or seeing someone with sorrow, pain or anger, is impractical because the world works in mysterious ways and someone is always hurting. Another impractical aspect is that idea that good and bad are related. It is hard to distinguish goodness from bad if you do not know both.
In the Story “The Rise of Silas Lapham,” written by William Dean Howells, Silas’s desire to conform to the standards of society is the root of his company’s downfall but the rise of his understanding and morals. The society Silas is trying to feel accepted by is very judgmental and vain and do not care about others therefore making it very tough for the Laphams to be accepted or even feel somewhat normal where they are living. Persis is a significant character in the novel because in the end she is why Silas does the things he does because she bestowed good morals in him. The last attempts to fit in with the community is the building and destruction of the house. These are all very significant events to the story leading up to Silas last decisions.
Imagining a community that loses entire moral standards and orders: no controls, no rules, and no laws, so people may do everything they desire to do freely. However, due to humans' instinct of the endless desire which leads to avarice, sometimes they neglect the responsibility and righteousness then do something heinous in order to reach their goals. If the group effect was considered in this point, people without any moral restrictions on individual in that community so they can be deteriorated easily. These "bad" people will bring the chaos to the community, and this issue leads to develop an internecine society. If that happens, humanity cannot get any progress, and the human civilization has to be extinct.
Every little detail of a person's life is prearranged. These people's lives revolve around their community, their existence, and security; never their individual happiness. They are basically living for their society as a whole. This society was designed to be successful but it failed to give people their individuality. The individuals sacrificed their identity to make sure that everybody was able to survive, advance, and live a life of happiness.
Imagine a community that you live took away your personal rights; the things that you know and even the way that you think. This is happening to a boy named Jonas not only him but also the inhabitants of Jonas’s community. In the book The Giver Jonas and his community is living with no personal rights. I believe that the inhabitants of Jonas’s community and Jonas should be given personal rights. The community should be given personal rights because they can learn from their mistakes, to have memory and to have emotions.
Everything was just…perfect. But soon Jonas realizes the truth: You really cannot live a good life without pain; the pain makes the other things in life worth living for. Once the truth is uncovered by Jonas, he figures out even more secrets that ruin the image he has of the perfect community he lives in. Basically, he does not see it as this perfect place he grew up in, anymore. This ‘utopian’ community is definitely not utopian because no one here can precisely express themselves, the people have adapted to ‘sameness’, and they perform inhuman tasks, which all add up to a less-than-perfect society.
The world portrayed is Huxley’s example of “the type of utopia that must be avoided” (Matter 146). The inhumanity of this “perfect world” is evident since the citizens are prohibited from having relationships, families, and kids, stripping them of their emotional ties to each other. The motto “everyone belongs to everyone else” (Huxley 40) is enforced to prevent relationships between ... ... middle of paper ... ...le without stripping the community of its human qualities and identity. A perfect world prefers the happiness of its citizens over the truth in order to protect them from the “sadness and painfulness of human life” (Rogers 270). The New World defines happiness as the absence of conflicts which could disturb its overall tranquility, and as a result make it impossible to control.
The book The Giver by Louis Lowry is a very interesting book that everyone should take time to read. This book takes you through a community of people where everything has to be perfect. The story line is based around a boy named Jonas. Everyone in the community is assigned a job when they turn twelve and its Jonas turn to step up and get his job. This book is interesting because everything has to be perfect, Jonas gets the best job, and the adventure Jonas has to go through to save a new born child named Gabriel.